Hawai’i Spirit Festival

Hawai’i, long known as a place of healing, where people can go to be more in touch with themselves, especially on a spiritual level, is the site of a new festival to kindle the senses and lighten the heart.  Offering a unique experience to nurture body, mind, and spirit is the Hawai’i Spirit Festival (the first of its kind in Hawai’i) will take place on the North Shore of O’ahu this weekend.  Running October 21-24, the festival is a “four-day celebration of yoga, music, movement and Hawaiian culture. With workshops ranging from Vinyasa to Pranayama, or drumming and Tai Chi, this festival honors many of the infinite pathways that reunite us with the spirit flows through the breath of all things.”  In addition to traditional yoga, the festival will include opportunities to encounter the lovely hula, eclectic music performances and he’e nalu, the Hawaiian art of surfing.

Photo courtesy of Hawaii Spirit Festival Online

Kate Baldwin of True Union – Living Yoga began the event as a humble day of workshops in 2009.  She tells us, “there are few places on the planet that naturally vibrate at a higher energy” and finds that one of those places is the North Shore of O’ahu. Pulsating with pureness and life, the North Shore is a place filled with mana, what Hawaiians call spiritual power; with such sites as Waimea Bay, Hale’iwa, Sunset and the ever-famous Pipeline surf spots which wield the awesome and healing power of water, few would disagree.

Hawai’i Spirit Festival will be held at the luxurious Turtle Bay Resort (made famous in the movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and is structured for flexibility.  Guests are invited to participate anywhere from one day up to the entire weekend and have negotiated rates at Turtle Bay for those wishing to stay on site with discounts up to 35% off for festival participants.

“Yoga is all about being present,”  Baldwin says, and attributes yoga as the momentum for change in her own life.  It was on the North Shore that Baldwin first experienced the spiritual awakening present in the islands at Kelea Surf Spa where many women first find freedom in the surf (another magical component available at this year’s Spirit Festival.) As the seasons change and the waves move North, there’s no better time to initiate a change in our own lives

If you can only attend one day of the event, make it the 23rd.  Saturday highlights music from a myriad of genres; from 5 to 11 pm will be a music festival with talents ranging from John Cruz to Go Jimmy Go to Organeek and more;  The Music Pass provides an excellent value at just $20 per pass.

For more information and to register visit http://www.trueunion.org/hawaii-spirit-festival/.

A hui hou!  Until we meet again!

Katherine Hsia

Known affectionately as "the wandering concierge," Katherine segued a hospitality career in fabulous New York City into a life pursuing her passions of writing, adventure and travel on the spectacular island of O'ahu. She is a freelance writer for publications such as Honolulu Magazine, Hawai'i Parent, Freesurf, and more, while working on her Hawaiian comic and non-fiction book. She enjoys seeing life for its whimsical beauty, great meals with good friends, her love affair with travel, and being overstimulated by new experiences. Want to get in touch with Kat? Add her on facebook or send her a message on her website, http://www.katherinehsia.com, where she's been known to get her blog on.

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